NEW MUSIC: JAMES BLAKE | SAY WHAT YOU WILL
Grammy-winning singer James Blake has announced his fifth studio full-length, “Friends That Break Your Heart," which he describes as “a concept album.” He’s leading with the single “Say What You Will,” a highlight of his solo tour late in 2019. The album features guest spots from SZA, Monica Martin and others. The upcoming album, which is set to arrive on September 10, is the singer, songwriter and producer’s first since 2019’s ‘Assume Form’ and follows yes from the two EPs he released last year, ‘Before’ and ‘Covers EP.’ Previewing the album with the new single ‘Say What You Will,’ Blake puts on social blinkers as he sets out to find peace in his own success. “I can find my way with no superpowers/ I can take my place without becoming sour/ I might not make those psychopaths proud/ At least I can see the faces of the smaller crowds,” he sings over the moody, crawling soundscape. His soaring voice and innovative sounds have been unexpectedly embraced by many rappers and R&B artists over the years: He produced songs on Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn.,” as well as Jay-Z’s “4:44” and Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” and he’s collaborated with Travis Scott, Stevie Wonder, Kid Cudi and others; “King’s Dead,” his collaboration with Lamar, Jay Rock, and Future from the “Black Panther” soundtrack earned a Grammy for Best Rap Performance.